In this weekly column, MC/DJ Hesta Prynn pairs pop culture stories with an original playlist.
For many of us, the New Year signifies an opportunity to "out with the old" our bad habits and "in the with new" some better ones. This week's Five 'n' Five pairs some of the most common resolutions with some tracks by 2014 Next Big Things that will hopefully inspire you to keep them. Try to read this before your trade in your bi-weekly trips to the gym for bi-weekly trips to the bar.
1. Meet "The One"
"Fall in Love" by Phantogram
Lyric to remember: "Fall in me, I'll let you breathe"
One night stands are so 2013. So are funemployed dudes who live in their parents basements. And babes who fight over text message. It's 2014, find a soulmate already.
2. Spend Less Money
"Impossible" by Ryan Star
Unless you're planning on moving away from the major city in which you live I wouldn't hold my breath on this one. In the words of Ryan Star, the alt-rock Frank Ocean, "It isn't impossible". It is, however, highly unlikely.
3. Get a Better Job
"Go Slow" by Haim
Lyric to remember: "Go slow, you know you ain't gonna make it."
You fantasized about this all December while spending your work days on Gilt. You spent all of winter break watching a Breaking Bad marathon. You're back at work without that new resume you planned on writing. Rinse. Repeat.
4. Be a Better/Nicer/More Positive Person
"XXX 88" by MØ and Diplo
Lyric: "Life makes us critical, you know we gotta change the course."
Lay off of the Perez Hilton/Real Housewives recaps and you've got a shot at this one. Actually maybe disconnect your internet altogether.
5. Quit Smoking
"My Yout" by Joey Bada$$ feat Maverick Sabre
In all seriousness you really need to quit smoking. It's a dangerous, expensive habit that will kill you. Even Jody Bada$$ gets this one, "My wealth is in my happiness and mine, and no my pocket health in it's ashes". Duh.